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  • Summary: After a traumatic childhood being bullied Brenda (Young) and her immigrant friend Jonathan (Schoyen) grows up realizing that nothing has changed since childhood. In a desperate attempt the middle-aged friends start up their own business in Los Angeles to get their lives on track and gainAfter a traumatic childhood being bullied Brenda (Young) and her immigrant friend Jonathan (Schoyen) grows up realizing that nothing has changed since childhood. In a desperate attempt the middle-aged friends start up their own business in Los Angeles to get their lives on track and gain respect from others. In their pursuit of finding happiness they get trapped in a corrupted life of abuse, sex and deception in a city where the end justifies the means. (Rover Films) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: James C. Taylor
    30
    An embarrassment of a vanity project, Living the Dream is a film written, directed and starring a real corporate headhunter.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    30
    This is a bitter, occasionally farcical drama with the most hostile cinematic view of Los Angeles since "Crash."
  3. 25
    While the film isn't entirely amateurish -- shots are cut together and the cinematography is professional if not precisely stylish -- the story feels as though large pieces are missing and the characters behave so inconsistently that there's zero incentive to care about their tribulations.
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  1. Thomas
    Jun 26, 2007
    10
    Loved it! It was dark, twisted and funny.
  2. JimL.
    Dec 7, 2006
    9
    I loved it!!!Great story and great acting. It was an honest movie about "real life" in LA, with a message. Refreshing, gutsy and original.
  3. JasonG.
    Nov 29, 2006
    8
    I had no expectations knowing this film was shot in 18 days with a $350,000 budget, but surprisingly Living The Dream was beutifully shot and I had no expectations knowing this film was shot in 18 days with a $350,000 budget, but surprisingly Living The Dream was beutifully shot and brought the worst of LA to our faces. Yes, Los Angeles can be cruel... and Yes... The corruption of our most important values in life, can be changed by the town we live. Despite the dark humor, I enjoyed the message. The diversity of the cast was a pleasant surprise. Marilia Pera's performance is pure "eye candy." Expand
  4. JohnG.
    Jun 5, 2007
    1
    Ugh. It's amateur hour folks. It's obvious that the 2 reviews I just read are friends of the producer and/or director. What Ugh. It's amateur hour folks. It's obvious that the 2 reviews I just read are friends of the producer and/or director. What directing? What producing? I suggest that these folks get back to their real jobs and don't waste money on projects that they think the rest of us, with any amount of IQ, will even slightly appreciate. Please don't bore me to death again...and in a movie theatre at that! I am one of many that walked out of this film and found a reason to keep walking right out the main doors of the theater. Breathing fresh air outside was a treat since I didn't have suffer with this slow-moving poorly acted and directed anomaly. Expand